Seventh Annual Amartya Sen Essay Prize 2020

This year, Global Financial Integrity and Academics Stand Against Poverty will be awarding the seventh annual Amartya Sen Prizes to the two best original essays examining one particular component of illicit financial flows, the resulting harms and possible avenues of reform. Entered essays should be about 7,000 to 9,000 words long. There is a first prize of $5,000 and a second prize of $3,000.

Illicit financial flows are generally defined as cross-border movements of funds that are illegally earned, transferred, or used. Examples are funds earned through illegal trafficking in persons, drugs or weapons; funds illegally transferred through mispriced exchanges (e.g., among affiliates of a multinational corporation seeking to shift profits to reduce taxes); funds moved to evade taxes; and funds used for corruption of or by public or corporate officials. Illicit financial flows are explicitly recognized as an obstacle to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and singled out as a separate target #4 of SDG 16.

Components of illicit financial flows can be delimited by sector and geographically. Delimitation by sector might focus your essay on some specific activity, business or industry – such as art, real estate, health care, technology, entertainment, shipping, agriculture, sports, gaming, education, politics, tourism, natural resource extraction, banking and financial services – or on an even narrower subsector such as the diamond trade, hunting, insurance or prostitution. Delimitation by geography might further narrow the essay’s focus to some particular country, province or region.

Your essay should describe the problematic activity and evaluate the adverse effects of it that make it problematic. Also, in quantitative terms insofar as this is possible, you should estimate the magnitude of the relevant outflows as well as the damage they do to the institutions and to the affected populations. This might include harm from abuse, exploitation and impoverishment of individuals, harm through subdued economic activity and reduced prosperity, and/or harm through diminished tax revenues that depress public spending.

Your essay should also explain the persistence of the harmful activity in terms of relevant incentives and enabling conditions and, based on your explanation, propose plausible ways to curtail the problem. Such reform efforts might be proposed at diverse levels, including supranational rules, national rules, corporate policies, professional ethics, individual initiatives, or any combination thereof. The task is to identify who has the responsibility, the capacity and (potentially) the knowledge and motivation to change behavior toward effective curtailment.

We welcome authors from diverse academic disciplines and from outside the academy. Please send your entry by email attachment on or before 31 August 2020 to senprize@gfintegrity.org. While your email should identify you, your essay should be stripped of self-identifying references, formatted for blind review.

CFP: Rethinking Economic Policy Essay Competition

Calling all students and early career professionals:

We invite you to take part in our 2017 essay competition Rethinking Economic Policy. Submit your original article analyzing a current issue linked to economic policy to competition@policycorner.org before midnight on October 31, 2017.

With the generous support of the Young Scholars Initiative at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, we are offering cash prizes for the three best articles (€400, €200, and €100) and will invite the winners to Berlin in January 2018 for a discussion event with invited experts.

Essay Topic: Identify an issue that calls for a new perspective in economic policy and outline an innovative solution.

Submission: All individuals of 30 years and younger are invited to submit. For full details and submission requirements, please refer to the attached PDF or see our website at www.policycorner.org/en/competition/

Who Are We? The Policy Corner is an inclusive online platform for publishing research-based articles on global issues. The Young Scholars Initiative is an international community of students and young professionals founded by the leading New York-based think tank the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Finally, the Otto Suhr Institute is Germany’s largest institute for Political Science and has its focus on area studies, international relations, and environmental research.

Ethics and Trust in Finance Prize

The call for papers for the Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize 2016-2017 edition is now open. The competition invites creative papers, which may be submitted in English or French, setting out analyses or proposals for innovative ways to promote ethics in finance. We have already published 48 papers, we look forward that your contribution becomes our next publication and as in the last editions, a prize of USD 20,000 is allocated for the winners.

After 10 years,  the adventure of the Robin Cosgrove Prize continues… but under a slightly modified name “Ethics and Trust in Finance”. As in previous editions, the Prize promotes greater awareness among young people throughout the world concerning the benefits of ethics in finance, and encourages high-quality management of banking, insurance and financial services based on trust and integrity. Launched in 2006 and now in its 6th Edition, the global competition for the Prize for Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Finance is open to young people, aged 35 years or younger, from throughout the world.

Papers are welcome until July 31, 2017. Please go to www.ethicsinfinance.org/how-to-enter/